UK ISPs ordered to block yet more piracy sites

The High Court ruled today that the major internet service providers in the UK to block three more websites which offer links to pirated materials online.

The ISPs in question much stop users from accessing Kickass Torrents, H33T and Fenopy which can be seen another major blow for digital right advocates.

The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) have said that the sites have infringed copyright on a ‘significant scale’. Opponents however have argued that blocking sites is an effective way of cutting levels of piracy.

This new blocking of sites follows a similar order last year which involved The Pirate Bay, the world’s largest file-sharing site.

However, data suggested that the blocking of The Pirate Bay did not impact pirate activity online in the long-term. Whilst in the short term, levels fell, the level of peer-to-peer sharing returned to normal levels soon after the block.

Despite this, a recent report from the market research firm, NPD has suggested that there had actually been a large reduction in the number of users illegally downloading music, with people instead turning to legal streaming sites such as Spotify.

Speaking of the decision to block the sites, BPI chief executive Geoff Taylor said: “The growth of digital music in the UK is held back by a raft of illegal businesses commercially exploiting music online without permission.

“Blocking illegal sites helps ensure that the legal digital market can grow and labels can continue to sign and develop new talent.”

Loz Kaye, the leader of Pirate Party UK, which offered people in the UK a workaround with regards to the blocking of The Pirate Bay, said the BPI was “out of control”.

“The British music industry has nothing positive to show from their site blocks and personal legal threats,” he said.

“Looking at sales figures from 2012, you can’t draw the conclusion that stopping access to the Pirate Bay did anything to help artists.

“The UK has now handed the power over what we see on the internet to corporate lobbyists.”

 

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